Brian Skiff wrote >> Is there any hope that us amateurs will be permitted to use the Happy Jack >> site after the 4-meter project is in operation. Parking lot, maybe? > > I don't know what the situation will be, but bear in mind that >finishing the telescope is four years downstream, so you might want to >do some observing before then. By coincidence, I had a brief conversation with Lowell Observatory director Bob Millis last Wednesday and asked him about the current and future accessibility of the Happy Jack site. He described it as currently accessible with four-wheel drive and said he thought future access to the site would be similar to that on Anderson Mesa. For those unfamiliar with the Lowell Anderson Mesa site, three of the four domed telescopes are near the edge of the mesa. There's an open asphalt road all the way to the fenced compound where the telescopes are located. The locals who observe from Anderson Mesa often setup in gravel parking area (large enough for maybe 10 vehicles) in a clearing just outside the compound. I drove out to visit the Happy Jack site, this morning. Like many forest roads in the Lake Mary/Mormon Lake area, the road leading toward the summit is still closed due to winter conditions. If I hear of the road opening, I'll pass it on to the list. Regards, Bill in Flagstaff -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.